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Developing a SAM Plan


An ELP, whilst an important step in developing a SAM plan, is a static document. The production of your ELP will typically have involved creating a baseline that includes:

  • Standardizing software titles – so everyone has the same version
  • Centralizing software purchasing – to keep it under control and organized
  • Retiring obsolete software – to ensure you are not over-licensing and to avoid unnecessary maintenance costs

But, importantly it also puts you in a position to optimize your license position (OLP) so your organization can maximize the full benefit from your SAM program, saving money, freeing up IT resources and delivering an ROI.

Important steps in this process include:

Analyzing your software needs going forward

It’s important to determine which software titles your company really needs. Work with key people and employees in each department to clarify what software their employees require in order to get their jobs done.


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The AssetStudio platform consists of a number of products designed to solve a specific software asset management problem. It covers the entire IT estate, including: mobiles & tablets, laptops & desktops, servers, datacentre and the Cloud. Across all the major software environments: Microsoft Windows & Apple Mac OS, IBM, SAP, Oracle and UNIX/Linux.

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It is currently estimated that on average, 70% of a software asset manager’s time is spent collating, interpreting and analyzing data from various sources. This leaves only 30% to actually act upon the knowledge, perform software optimization tasks and drive forward the software asset management agenda within the organization.

Now, with a single, holistic source of hardware and software asset information, with integrated reporting transforming data into useful knowledge, managers can access the information they require in seconds.

Developed from a single vision, the AssetStudio software asset management platform:
• Takes feeds from all the major ITAM solutions
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• Delivers a common modern graphical user interface across the entire platform
• Offers rich integrated reporting and business intelligence to quickly find the information you need

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